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Workshop: New trends in the variational modeling and simulation of liquid crystals

Liquid crystals are a vast and diverse class of materials which exhibits properties between those of isotropic liquids and those of crystalline solids: Liquid crystals may flow like a liquid, but their constituent molecules retain orientational order like solids. The main macroscopic manifestation of this dual nature is the emergence of defects, which underly spectacular phenomena and new prospective technologies, e.g., knotted disinclination lines, bistable displays, control of nanoparticle suspensions.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on various aspects of liquid crystals, with topics spanning from the physical modeling and numerical simulations of liquid crystalline systems to rigorous analysis of major liquid crystal phenomena.

Time & Venue:

December 2-6, 2019 — Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics (Boltzmanngasse 9, 1090 Vienna, Austria)


Giovanni Di Fratta, Michele Ruggeri, Valeriy V. Slastikov, and Arghir D. Zarnescu


If you are willing to participate, please register by sending an email to michele.ruggeri@asc.tuwien.ac.at with the usual information (name, affiliation, mail address) by September 30, 2019.


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The workshop New trends in the variational modeling and simulation of liquid crystals is hosted and supported by the Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics (ESI), a programme-oriented research institute for mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna. Partial support is acknowledged from the Doctoral School (DK) Dissipation and Dispersion in Nonlinear PDEs and the Special Research Program (SFB) Taming Complexity in Partial Differential Systems, both funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (grants W1245 and F65).